Monday, January 28, 2008

Today in History: January 28

  • 1807 London's Pall Mall, the first city street illuminated by gaslight.
  • 1886 German Karl Benz patents the first internal combustion engine car.
  • 1915 U.S. Coast Guard created.
  • 1916 Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jew on the Supreme Court.
  • 1932 Japanese start the Shanghai War; it lasts till May 5th.
  • 1981 Ronald Reagan lifts Jimmy Carter's oil/gas price controls, thus ending the 1979-80 energy crisis.
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  1. You missed a big one:
    1986 - Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission (Space Shuttle Challenger disaster) - Space Shuttle Challenger breaks apart 73 seconds after liftoff killing all seven astronauts onboard.

  2. Sorry, but that particular shuttle mission didn't make the cut -- it was insufficiently uplifting.


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